Moving fine art and antiques overseas is a delicate process that should only be handled by professional movers.

At OSS World Wide Movers we specialise in international moving of fragile personal items including fine art and antique furniture.

Contact one of our experienced move consultants to ask about your unique situation, so that we can tailor a trouble free move for your artwork and other valued items.

Moving Fine Art and Antiques Overseas

What if my artwork or antique is made from timber, bamboo or other related products?

The Department of Agriculture and Water Materials have a Biosecurity Import Conditions System (BICON) that outlines what is required to comply with the import and export of all imported timber, wooden articles, bamboo and related products (whether for commercial or personal use). It is the responsibility of importers to ensure that their products meet the import conditions. OSS World Wide Movers can assist you with ensuring your artwork and antiques meet the import conditions to avoid delays, additional costs, and, in some cases, the re-export or destruction of your goods.


Artwork Damage Protection

Our crates and containers are lined with the required protective materials to ensure your artwork or antiques are carefully packed and protected from damage. We utilise polyethylene and polyurethane foams depending on the nature of the items being packed according to density, shock absorption vibration etc.


Packing artwork and antiques when moving overseas

Incorrect packing or the use of the wrong cushioning agents could potentially do more harm than good to your precious antiques. At OSS World Wide Movers, we determine the specific packing and cushioning requirements with relation to spacing, cushioning materials etc to protect your items. It is strongly recommended that you contact one of our experienced OSS packing experts before you begin packing and planning your move.

Moving Antique Guns and Firearms

Moving antique weapons including firearms overseas (real and ornamental)

Moving firearms or weapons of any kind can be problematic, even if the items in question have been decommissioned and are approved in your country of origin.
What you regard as a decorative antique, might be considered an offensive weapon in another country. Should you have any concerns about items you are planning to move, it is best to consult an OSS Relocation Coordinator prior to shipping to prevent a potential weapon of any kind (eg firearm/dagger/knife/spear etc) from delaying an otherwise problem-free move or relocation.

Moving Art Overseas - Moving Artwork

A word of warning regarding the content of artwork (especially images, paintings and sculptures)

Photographs, Movies, Magazines and even artwork or paintings that are legally available and acceptable in one country, may be regarded as pornographic and prohibited in another.

Australian Antique and Art Dealers Association (AA&ADA)

When moving your art collection, it’s imperative to understand important details of your pieces such as the age, provenance, medium and value of your art works. Knowing this information and having your fine art pieces certified will be important when customs are processing your shipment at your final destination.

Consider an appropriate valuation service certified by the Australian Antique and Art Dealers Association (AA&ADA). The AA&ADA is consulted by Government Agencies and Collectors Societies on all matters relating to Antiques and the Fine Arts. AA&ADA members offer professional advice and a commitment to advancing the understanding of Antiques and Fine Arts in the Australian community.

You can find more information on their website by clicking here. 

Australian Antique and Art Dealers Association (AA&ADA)